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If you're unemployed

Visit your nearest Jobcentre Plus for help with finding a job and any benefits you might be entitled to.

You can also visit GOV.UK to find out what benefits and support is available if you're looking for work.

If you have a Jobcentre Plus work coach they can tell you what support you can get.

Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships let you learn on the job, get work experience and work towards a qualification. Find out more about:

Get more information on becoming an apprentice.

Apply for work in your local area

Search and apply for local jobs on myjobscotland.

You can apply to work for your local council across a wide range of job roles and services.

Apply for work in the UK or abroad

Search for and apply for in the UK and abroad on GOV.UK.

You'll find information on registering for an account and other ways to apply for jobs.

Young Persons Guarantee

If you’re aged 16-24 year old, the Young Persons Guarantee can help you find opportunities including:

  • jobs
  • apprenticeships
  • courses
  • volunteering opportunities

They also offer training and advice. Visit the Young Persons Guarantee website for more information.

Fair Start Scotland

Fair Start Scotland is our national employment support service which helps people living in Scotland to find work.

Choosing to take part in Fair Start Scotland will not affect the benefits you get.

How Fair Start Scotland can help

Fair Start Scotland can support you if you have struggled to find a job which meets your needs.

This may be because you:

  • have a disability or additional support needs
  • have a health condition
  • have caring responsibilities
  • are a single parent
  • have been unemployed for at least 12 months
  • are a care leaver
  • are from a minority ethnic community
  • are a refugee
  • are a person with a conviction
  • live in an area of high deprivation 

Fair Start Scotland's services are delivered by different providers across the country. If you choose to take part you will meet with an advisor who will give you support and guidance for 12-18 months to help you find work.

Your advisor can help you:

  • recognise your skills and create a CV
  • prepare for interviews
  • find opportunities to help you gain skills and experience
  • find jobs which meet your needs

The service also works with employers to help them understand the support and training you need to stay in work.

After you've found a job

Fair Start Scotland will continue to give support after you've found a job. This means that there is someone to help should you have any problems or questions 12-18 months after you start working.

Eligibility - who can take part

You may be able to use Fair Start Scotland's services if you live in Scotland and:

  • have the right to work in the UK
  • are over 18 and out of work

You may also be able to use the service if you are 16 or 17 and are either:

  • disabled; or
  • receiving Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit

Find your local provider

If you would like to talk to someone about how Fair Start Scotland can help you, use the menu below to find the contact details for your area.

You can also call the Fair Start Scotland Information Line: 0800 804 8108 (Monday to Friday - 10am to 4pm)

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